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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council has endorsed support for an end to logging and better protection of the Strathbogie State Forest.

Council moved the following motion at its recent Ordinary Meeting:

That Council:

  1. Call on the Victorian State Government to cease native timber harvesting activities in the Strathbogie Forest.
  2. Call on the Victorian Government to accelerate the transition from native timber harvesting in Victoria, to plantation-based timber supply with changes to taxation incentives, and advocacy to the Federal Government for changes to regulations to give plantation timber better access to carbon farming schemes.
  3. Support the establishment of a protected conservation area under the National Parks Act 1975, encompassing all of the existing Strathbogie State Forest and associated public land.
  4. Promote the economic future of the Strathbogie Forest as focussed on nature-based tourism and recreational activities and work with local groups and regional tourism bodies to achieve this.
  5. Notify the Victorian Government Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Environment, as well as Local, State and Federal Members, of this resolution.

Mount Wombat Ward Councillor Alistair Thomson said it was important for Council to take a stand on the matter.

“We cannot stand back and risk the extinction of species like the Greater Glider for an activity that produces no net benefit for residents,” Cr Thomson explained.

“Society needs hardwood. This need should be met by mixed species plantation forests that produce income for landowners and employment for those who will maintain these private forests.”

“A conserved Strathbogie Forest can continue to be enjoyed for recreational activities by residents and opens up the opportunity for ecotourism activity,” Cr Thomson said.

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Wednesday, 18 October, 2018

On 11 November 2018, we mark not only the annual Remembrance Day commemorations but also the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the cessation of hostilities in World War One, bringing to an end a terrible and destructive war.

Strathbogie Shire Council and the Euroa RSL are proud to be hosting the Armistice Living Tribute performance on Friday, 9 November, 2018 at 2pm and 4pm.

The free performance will encourage people to think about the significance of the Armistice and what they will be doing on 11 November 2018, the Armistice Centenary.

The show pays tribute to and tells the little known story of the World War One musicians who also acted as stretcher bearers, an Australian Army tradition that started in the Boer War and continued through to the Vietnam War.  

It highlights the significance of the Armistice and how the end of World War One was both a celebration and a time for reflection. It encourages Victorians to participate in commemorations and activities on Remembrance Day.

The free 20 minute street performance is a great opportunity for the whole community to come together and remember our proud wartime legacy.

The acrobatic and musical performance is supported by the Victorian Government as the final event of the four year Anzac Centenary campaign. 

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council is looking forward to hosting the Armistice Living Tribute performance at Euroa.

“Performances like these provide a great opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate our common heritage and values.”

You can join the conversation about the Armistice Centenary by using the hashtag #ArmisticeVictoria on social media.

 

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Representatives from the local community, Euroa Health, Euroa RSL and Strathbogie Shire Council gathered for a Twilight Working Bee to clean up the currently unused Amaroo and Euroaville facilities on Monday, 15 October.

This came as part of a concerted effort to make the facilities more presentable when touring to advocate for funding to make use of the facilities as a Post-Traumatic Stress Wellness Centre for veterans and emergency service workers.

Council was honoured by the attendance of Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan and new Labor candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton.

Ms Steph Ryan was so impressed by the concept that she announced her commitment to funding $200,000 for a feasibility study to explore the viability of such a facility if the coalition is elected to govern in the State Government elections on 24 November 2018.

“Euroaville and Amaroo were established through the hard work of volunteers so it was great to see the community again banding together to work towards finding a new purpose for them,” Ms Ryan said.

“The community’s vision for a hub for veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress is wonderful and I’m keen to see it advance by funding the necessary feasibility study if I am elected to government.”

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Monday, 15 October, 2018

For the very first time, Tahbilk Winery will be hosting the Four Vines Running Festival, on Sunday, 4 November, which will involve numerous running events as well as wine tastings, live music and a pop-up pub.

The running events include a marathon, half marathon, 10km run, 5km run, 2km kids run and 200m “Vineyard Scramble” with a $500 prize up for grabs.

On the banks of the pristine Goulburn River, the festival will raise funds for the Children First Foundation, which provides surgery in Australia for children in developing countries, where they cannot receive the treatment they require.

A portion of the fees to enter the running events are donated directly to the Children First Foundation.

The marathon will take runners from Fowles Wine, through Box Grove Vineyard and Mitchelton Wines, to finish at Tahbilk Winery.

Tahbilk Winery’s Wine Club and Cellar Door Operations Manager, Bruce Minchinton, said the inaugural Four Vines Running Festival promises to be a fun and festive event.

“We’ve got a range of events, from the full marathon through Fowles and over to Nagambie Lakes, to fun runs on Tahbilk Estate,” Mr Minchinton said.

“This gives competitors an incredibly good look at behind the scenes of our vineyards; everyone can get involved and be a part of the atmosphere.”

Visit www.fourvinesrunningfestival.com.au to register.

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